LATEST NEWS - 2019

Step By Step dance-wear available!

Delighted that we are now offering our very own branded tracksuit tops!

Ideal for going to classes and competitions/events in. The design includes a fully zipped up front, meaning no risk of ruining your hairstyles at competitions or events!

If we can bulk order more then 15, then the cost is just £30 for Adults and £26 for children. This also includes your choice of either your name or initials on the left chest, as well as delivery.

We will be putting an order in at the end of August so please contact me asap if you would like to order one. Please note, we must receive payment before putting your order in.

We will also be offering branded T-Shirts in the very near future so watch this space!

Interview on BBC Radio Shropshire!

Thank you to BBC Radio Shropshire for inviting me onto their Thursday night show on the 15th August to talk about Strictly Shropshire!

 

Thank you also to Luca and to Alison for joining me, you both were fabulous! It was great fun to talk to Michaela about this event and hopefully has raised more awareness of Hope House and the amazing work they do!

 

The interview will be available on BBC Iplayer for 30 days. If you would like to listen back to the interview, the link is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07j6l2c

Luca & Emily - New Partnership!

Due to Sofie wishing to stay in the Juvenile category, Luca and Soife unfortunately ended their partnership.

 

They had a great 6 months together, which culminated in them making the top 12 at the UK Closed in Bournemouth. A fantastic achievement after such a short time together. All of us at Step By Step wish Sofie the very best for the future.

 

However, after a few weeks off the floor, we are delighted that Luca now has a new dance partner in the lovely Emily Davies!

Really looking forward to the hard, but extremely fun work of getting these 2 ready for Juniors!

 

Exciting times ahead 😊🕺💃

NEW Kids Class in Market Drayton!

CHILDREN'S BALLROOM AND LATIN CLASSES COMING TO MARKET DRAYTON!!

We are looking for our next generation of 'Strictly' stars to come and join us, every Monday at Market Drayton! 💃🕺

Held at the Parish Rooms (TF9 1AF) in Market Drayton, the first class on Monday 9th September at 5pm is FREE to all.

This class is aimed towards beginner dancers, between the ages of 7-11. We are happy to run a class for older children, dependent on numbers.

At Step By Step, all children are offered the opportunity to take part in dance shows, medal tests, dance competitions and much more! 🏆

Spaces on this class will be limited, so to book your child's space onto this FREE taster class, please either message us on Facebook, or email: stepbystep-dance@hotmail.com

Strictly Shropshire - Tickets Available!

We warmly welcome you to our very first 'Strictly Shropshire!' In aid of Hope House, local dance school, Step By Step Dance Instruction will be hosting a 'Strictly' themed charity event at the beautiful, Lion Quays Luxury Hotel and Spa.

12 beginner dancers have been given 8 hours of training to perform one dance with their professional partner, which they will perform in front of you all and our expert, panel of judges!

In true Strictly style, YOU the audience will decide who goes through to be the last 3 couples to perform a dance off in front of our judges. Our winner will then be chosen by the judges and be crowned our Strictly Shropshire 2019 winner!

 

During the evening their will also be:

- A set pre-show dinner is available, please contact the Lion Quays directly, quoting this event

- The evening will be compered by BBC Radio Shropshire's very own, Mark Elliott!

- Performances from some of the UK's top Ballroom and Latin dance couples

- A charity raffle with some FANTASTIC prizes

- Competitions

This promises to be a fun and exciting evening for all the family, with all proceeds being donated to Hope House, a local children's hospice, who do tremendous work in supporting young people and their families.

 

Tickets are just £17 for standard or £22 for front row and are available on EventBrite (please search for Strictly Shropshire!)

Strictly Shropshire - Meeting the Applicants!

We had a fantastic afternoon on the 21st July, meeting everyone who had applied to be a part of Strictly Shropshire!

We had a really informative talk delivered by Kat of Hope House, as to how the money we raise will help, followed by a group dance lesson, where all our applicants learnt a few steps! 

Thank you to all my pupils who came and assisted me on the day, you were all a tremendous help! Really looking forward to getting to work on Strictly Shropshire!

Step By Step 5th Year Anniversary Party!

We would like to warmly welcome you to Step By Step's 5th year anniversary dance social!

October 2019 will mark our 5th year of operation and to mark the occasion, we will be running a dance social at the beautiful Wem Town Hall on Saturday, 5th October at 6:30pm.

The evening will include:
- A beautiful, large dance floor
- A buffet
- Access to a bar
- Plenty of Ballroom, Latin and easy Sequence dancing
- Performances from our pupils
- Competitions
- A dance workshop

There is plenty of on-site parking and the dress code for the evening will be formal/smart. We shall also be awarding our annual 'Wood & Sohl' Dance award to a dancer/s within our school!

It would be wonderful to see all our pupils, young and old, past and present at the event to mark the 5th year of our dance school! Tickets are just £12.50 for adults and £8 for children and can be purchased directly from Ross.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Hereford UKA Dance Competition!

What a fantastic day we all had at the UKA comp in Hereford! It was lovely to see such terrific dancing from you all and some fab results to boot! We had a number of second and third places, but our star of the day was Shannon, who taking part in her first competition, won both the Ballroom and Latin in the 12-13 silver/gold section. Well done Shannon!

Whether pleased or disappointed with your results, its takes a lot of courage to take part in a competition and for most of you, this was your very first time! You all danced superbly and held your nerves and you should all be very proud of yourselves!

Thank you to Dan and Ian for partnering the spare ladies and for everyone who came to support. It's so lovely to be able to attend events like this as a school and be able to support everyone in their event!

Well done again, already looking forward to the next one on September at Wythenshawe! 

Market Drayton June Social!

A big thank you to everyone who came to our dance social in Market Drayton on Saturday! It was an extremely busy (and hot!) one, with over 60 people in attendance.

It was lovely to see so many new faces at the social and to see the dance floor packed for every dance.

Well done to our medal testers (some of whom are pictured) for your amazing results and for also demonstrating your dancing to everyone in attendance. It is very brave to dance on your own in front of everyone and you all nailed it!

Special thanks to everyone who helped with setting/packing up the room, donated to the raffle or helped with the buffet, it was greatly appreciated!

Thank you also to Luca and Sofie for demonstrating your amazing dancing to us all, it was a real privilege to have you with us.

Thank you all again and see you all again at a class/event soon 

Blackpool Dance Trip!

What a fantastic time we all had in Blackpool!

This was our 5th such trip and I'm delighted to say, it was our biggest and best one yet! We enjoyed 2 days of dancing at the Blackpool Tower and it was a great privilege to see so many Step By Stepper's dancing on that iconic floor.

Some of us then went to watch the annual Team Match on the Saturday evening, which was once again, won by America. It is always such an honour to watch the best in the world perform and the evening was even more poignant, when 10 times World Champion, Arunas and Katusha announced there retirement. What an honour to watch their final dance!

Thank you all for coming and already looking forward to Blackpool 2020!

Strictly Shropshire - Raising money for Hope House!

EXCITING NEWS!!

Fancy learning to dance like the stars of Strictly and raise money for a great charity at the same time? Please read!

On Friday 22nd November at the Lion Quays Hotel & Spa, Step By Step Dance Instruction will be running a charity event in aid of local children's charity, Hope House called 'Strictly Shropshire!'

The premise of the event is to train 12 beginner dancers alongside there professional/amateur partner, over a space of 8 weeks, to perform one dance in front of an audience and judging panel. The winner of which will be crowned champion of Strictly Shropshire! During the evening, there will also be a raffle and charity auction, as well as Ballroom and Latin demonstrations from some of the country's finest dancers!

We are looking for participants to come and learn how to dance and raise money for a great charity at the same time. Anyone can apply and you can also apply as part of a couple or as a solo dancer. We are preferably looking for local people who may have a connection in some way to Hope House, though all applications will be considered. There will be an expectation to fund-raise and bring people to the event, as well of course, having tremendous fun learning to dance!

To be sent an application form, please send an email to Ross at: strictlyshropshire@hotmail.com. Cut off point for applications is 30th June so please message us asap if you are interested!

Dance Medal Test Success!

What an absolutely fantastic day I’ve had with this crazy lot! Pleased to say that everyone passed their medals, with many of you achieving top marks!

 

It’s an absolute privilege to teach you all and be a part of your lives and I’m so happy to hear you are all delighted with your results. You all worked so hard and fully deserve today’s success.

Thank you to our Examiner, Eric for coming along for us and for all your kind word's of advice and encouragement to myself and my pupils. 

We will be handing out all the medals and certificate's at our next dance social in June and you will all have the chance to showcase the routines you have learnt to the rest of the school!

Luca and Sofie make Europe's top 48!

A massive congratulations to Luca and Sofie, who made the top 48 couple's at the presitigious Juvenile European Championships, held at the Blackpool Winter Gardens.

They danced superbly against Europe's finest couples and were one of the UK's highest marked couples! A fantastic achievement after only a few short months together. Keep up the great work kids!

Strictly St Luke's! 

Well done to everyone involved with putting on a spectacular evening on Saturday! Everyone danced their socks off and in the process, have helped to raise over £16,000 for St Luke's Hospice in Cheshire!

 

Special thanks to Callum for asking me to dance and well done to my ladies, Jacqui and Jane who danced the Samba and Tango beautifully with me.

See the video of the winning couple of Strictly St Luke's, Callam and Fiona!

29th April - Happy International Dance Day!

Happy International Dance Day to you all!

 

Here is a picture of a 9 year old me in my 'Singing In The Rain' tap dance outfit! Little did I know at that point that I would one day become a dance teacher and have been able to meet all the fantastic people I have met through dance!

 

My inspiration to dance was a mixture of the love of the film, Mary Poppins and renowned Irish dancer Michael Flatley. Aged 5, my parents asked me if I would like to learn to dance properly and after saying yes, took me along to the local dance school. After seeing all the girls in the class, I promptly cried and went back home without having the lesson! However, my parent's asked me the following week if I wanted to go back, which I did and the rest as they say, is history!

 

Would love to hear off my pupils as to who or what inspired you to begin to dance?

Medal Competition in July!

I'm delighted to say we will be recommencing UKA dance competitions, with the first one we plan to go to being Hereford on the 7th July!

UKA comps can be danced either with myself or with your dance partner and are a great introduction to the competitive world. There are entry levels for those of you taking your first steps into competitions, as well as higher level events for more advanced dancers. These competitions are open to anyone who has taken a medal test within the last 12 months and you will dance the routines you have been learning for your medal tests.

The Hereford competition tends to be a quieter event on the UKA calender, so would act as a great introduction for first timers! We always had great fun at these competitions in the past and we hope to be able to take a big group along with us.

If you would like to register your interest, or require anymore information then please get in contact with me! 

Dance Social Success!

Thank you to everyone who came to our dance social in Oswestry! It was our busiest one to date and it's been lovely to hear from so many of you as to how much you enjoyed it!

Big thanks to our superstars, Luca and Sofie for coming to demonstrate your dancing, to Heidi for partnering me for our demonstration and also to my Mum for organising the raffle!

Thank you all once again for coming, it is a privilege to see you all come and support these events and to see you all enjoying your dancing so such! See you all at our next social in Market Drayton in June!

Dance Medal Test Booked!

We are delighted to now confirm that our next medal test will be held on the 18th May at West Felton Village Hall!

Many of you have already begun working hard towards this medal test which is fantastic to see. We will be continuing to work towards the medal test in our children's class, however, if any adults or children would like additional private/group lessons, please get in touch with me asap as our diary is filling up fast!

As ever, if you cannot make the day itself, we can conduct a video examination, which the examiner will then watch and mark from on the day.

Please feel free to arrive from around 12:15pm to give yourself time to practice/warm-up.

Afterward, we plan on going for some food/drinks at the local pub. Everyone welcome so let me know if you plan on coming along!

If anyone has any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Keep working hard everyone and let's make this our best examination day yet!

April Dance Social!

We would like to warmly welcome you come along to our first dance social of the year!

The social will be at Oswestry Memorial Hall on Friday 5th April at 7pm. The perfect chance for us all to come together and socialise and practice your routines at the same time!

As usual, the evening will include:

- Ballroom, Latin and easy Sequence dancing
- Salsa, Jive, Charleston and Argentine Tango dancing
- Performances
- Competitions
- A dance workshop
- Plenty of great music!

- Nibbles and soft drinks are included. Please feel free to bring any of your own drink/food

I am delighted to welcome Luca and Sofie along to demonstrate some dancing for you all. I would like to give a special welcome to Heidi (pictured) who will be partnering me for a special performance!

Tickets are just £8 per adult or £6 per child. A family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) can be purchased for £25. Tickets on the door will be an extra £2. Friends, family and dancers outside of the school all welcome!

Please contact us to book your tickets. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Adjudicating for the Allied Competition!

Once again, big thank you to Vice President of the Allied Dancing Association, Carol Parry for inviting me to judge the Allied Disco Competition in Liverpool.

It was a privilege to adjudicate some high quality dancing from the children, well done to you all!

Well done to the Allied and all the team for putting on a great day, it was a terrific atmosphere and great fun was had by all. Thank you to my fellow adjudicators for your company. See you all again soon!

Interview on BBC Radio Shropshire!

On the 28th February, I was delighted and honoured to be invited onto the evening show on BBC Radio Shropshire, to talk about all things dance!

Big thank you to Bongi for inviting me on and to Mark the presenter, for helping to put me at ease and keeping the conversation flowing. It was a fantastic experience and I've received some great feedback from pupils and strangers alike!

For anyone who missed the interview and would like to hear it, it will be available on the BBC website for a month.

Allied Lecture Day!

A big thank you to Carol Parry, Vice President of the Allied Dancing Association for inviting me along to lecture on  the Foxtrot at the lecture day in Liverpool!

I had a fabulous time demonstrating and then teaching the Foxtrot to my fellow Allied members, big thank you to Charlotte Plant for stepping in at the last minute to demonstrate with me! 

Thank you once again to the Allied for putting on an informative and interesting day. It was great to meet fellow members for the first time, as well as catch up with some old friends.

Workshop with Broughton WI!

Big thank you to the Broughton WI for inviting me along to celebrate their birthday! We all had a lovely time learning some Waltz and Cha Cha Cha and even had time for some cake!

The cherry on top came from our very own, Luca and Sofie, who performed some wonderful Ballroom and Latin demonstrations for everyone. Thank you all for your lovely comments and hospitality and we hope to see you all again soon!

Luca & Sofie 1st competition success!

Huge congratulations to Luca and Sofie who after only 4 weeks together, won 3 events and came 2nd in another at the All England Super League Grand Prix held at the beautiful Blackpool Tower!

They produced some superb dance performances against some tough competition and thoroughly deserved their victories. A very bright future lays ahead for this pair! Well done again kids, very proud of you both.

NEW classes starting in Market Drayton!

Ever wanted to learn to dance like the stars from Strictly? This fun and enjoyable 6 week course for absolute beginners provides an introduction to Ballroom and Latin-American dancing. You'll get to grips with the basics and learn some simple routines for dances such as the wonderful Waltz and the cheeky Cha Cha Cha. All adults welcome, no partner required!

ONLY £35 PER PERSON FOR 6 WEEKS!!!

Course location:
Parish Rooms, Church Street, TF9 1AF
(Ample parking)

Course date start: (Monday evenings)
21st January

Course time:
7:15pm - 8:15pm

LIMITED PLACES - BOOK NOW!!!

 

Our new Intermediate class follows straight after at 8:15pm for those of you with a little more dancing experience!


Come and join us for some Strictly fun!

Champions of Tomorrow!

A big congratulations to Luca and Lucy who made the Ballroom Semi-Final and Latin Final at the prestigious 'Champions of Tomorrow' competition at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool! You both worked extremely hard and fully deserve your success!

Well done to all our Step by Step pupils including Jo, Nerys, Hywel and Jan who also danced over the weekend and produced some superb dancing and great results. I'm very proud of you all and keep up the hard work!